Detailed outline of the Book of Micah

  1. Title (1:1)
  2. First Cycle: Judgment and Restoration of Israel and Judah (1:2—2:13)
    1. Judgment on Israel and Judah (1:2—2:11)
      1. The predicted destruction (1:2–7)
      2. Lamentation over the destruction (1:8–16)
      3. Woe to oppressive land-grabbers (2:1–5)
      4. Condemnation of the wealthy wicked and their false prophets (2:6–11)
    2. Restoration of a Remnant (2:12–13)
  3. Second Cycle: Indictment of Judah’s Leaders, but Future Hope for God’s People (chs. 3–5)
    1. Indictment of Judah’s Leaders (ch. 3)
      1. Guilty civil leaders (3:1–4)
      2. False prophets of peace and Micah’s response (3:5–8)
      3. Corrupt leaders and Zion’s fall (3:9–12)
    2. Future Hope for God’s People (chs. 4–5)
      1. The coming kingdom (4:1–5)
      2. Restoration of a remnant and Zion (4:6–8)
      3. From distress to deliverance (4:9–10)
      4. From siege to victory (4:11–13)
      5. From helpless ruler to ideal king (5:1–4)
      6. The ideal king delivers his people (5:5–6)
      7. The remnant among the nations (5:7–9)
      8. Obliteration of military might and pagan worship (5:10–15)
  4. Third Cycle: God’s Charges against His People and the Ultimate Triumph of His Kingdom (chs. 6–7)
    1. God’s Charges against His People (6:1—7:7)
      1. A divine covenant lawsuit (6:1–8)
      2. Further charges and the sentence (6:9–16)
      3. A lament over a decadent society (7:1–7)
    2. The Ultimate Triumph of God’s Kingdom (7:8–20)
      1. An expression of trust (7:8–10)
      2. A promise of restoration (7:11–13)
      3. A prayer, the Lord’s answer, and the response (7:14–17)
      4. A hymn of praise to God (7:18–20)
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